This final volume in Manuel Castells' trilogy, with a substantialnew preface, is devoted to processes of global social changeinduced by the transition from the old industrial society to theemerging global network society. Explains why China, rather than Japan, is the economic andpolitical actor that is revolutionizing the global system Reflects on the contradictions of European unification,proposing the concept of the network state Substantial new preface assesses the validity of thetheoretical construction presented in the conclusion of thetrilogy, proposing some conceptual modifications in light of theobserved experience
Welsh poet Stan Morton has chosen this selection of poems mainly from those written in the last decade of the 20th century and second millennium but waited until 2015 before publication. A miner's son with a first degree in Modern Foreign Languages and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics his work shows both the distinct influences of the poetry he has studied in English, Welsh, French and Spanish and an acute awareness of the structure of language. Having moved from the industrial heartlands of North East Wales to the rural beauty of the Vale of Clwyd he treats both landscapes and communities with deep affection. Each poem is treated individually according to its subject, the whole collection presenting a great diversity of style and format. His concerns are those of contemporary individuals caught between a sometimes horrific past and an uncertain future in a world of indescribable natural beauty.
In his beautiful booklnvisible eities Italo Calvino writes about the two cities ofValdrada, the one which lies on the shores of a lake, and the other which is reflected in the lake and contains not only the exterior of Valdrada on the shores, but also its interior, and probably its inhabitants. "Valdrada's inhabitants know", writes Calvino, "that each of their actions is, at once, that action and its mirror image . . . and this awareness prevents them from succumbing for a single moment to chance and forgetfulness". Such mirror image relations are characteristic of the Israeli-Palestinian relations, and the awareness of this property is, to my mind, one of the most dominant experiences in being 'an Israeli. As an Israeli I can testify that Palestinianism is a permanent resident in the personal and collective consciousness of Israelis, and I have good grounds to suppose that Zionism plays a similar role in the personal and collective consciousness of Palestinians. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is thus not only political, but also very personal, and the account I present below is no exception. It is my personal, and in this respect Israeli, perspective of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, with no pretension to a value-free and objective science.
One thousand years ago, the Byzantine Empire was reaching the height of its revival as a medieval state. The ten contributions to this volume by scholars from six European countries re-assess key aspects of the empire's politics and culture in the long reign of the emperor Basil II, whose name has come to symbolise the greatness of Byzantium in the age before the crusades.